Jumps for joy
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement Sunday at the UIC Pavilion.
Photos: Ellen Dallager, Roberta Dupuis-Devlin
Last week was a series of happy occasions on campus, as 14 colleges and other programs held commencements and convocations honoring the 7,000-plus new graduates.
The UIC Forum and UIC Pavilion were filled with the customary balloons and flowers, proud parents, beaming spouses and squirming children.
Speakers included Arnold Relman, prize-winning science author and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Terry Mazany, CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, and Christopher Kennedy, president of the Merchandise Mart and chair of the U of I trustees.
But the moment was perhaps best summarized by English professor Luis Alberto Urrea, who addressed the College of Liberal Arts commencement on Mother's Day.
Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and winner of several literary awards.
Looking out at the new graduates who filled the UIC Pavilion, the Tijuana-born Urrea said that, like many of them, he was the first in his family to attend college.
It's not just your day, he reminded them — it also belongs to the families, friends and people in the community who have supported you in your academic achievements.